Jeep Easter Safari 2022: All the key concept cars

Jeep has a customer base that most automotive brands can only dream of. In fact, its customer base is so loyal that every year about 50,000 owners travel to Moab, Utah for what is called the Easter Jeep Safari. This year, it takes place from April 9 to 17.

Created by fans rather than by Jeep itself, the American 4×4 firm has invested in the event in recent years and presents a range of concept cars each year to further stir up the passion for the products of the brand.

Some are just a designer’s wild imagination, while others are closer to what you might see in production. For 2022, Jeep has unveiled the most concepts yet, with many models placing particular emphasis on electrification. Let’s take a look at the weird and wonderful concepts of this year’s Easter Safari…

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Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Concept

At last year’s Easter Safari, Jeep showed off an all-electric version of the Wrangle – called the Magneto Concept – and although the company said it initially came up with the idea of ​​”fun”, a version of production seems more and more plausible. For 2022, Jeep presented a second volume, significantly more efficient, with power increasing from 281 hp to 616 hp and torque increasing from 370 Nm to 1,150 Nm. Although the firm was unable to test it altogether, the Magneto’s designers say a 0-60mph time of under three seconds should be possible. Interestingly, it also uses a six-speed manual transmission to control the electric motor, while Jeep stretched the two-door Wrangler’s wheelbase by 12 inches to tighten the powertrain.

Other styling changes include custom, lightweight bumpers, carbon fiber wheel flares and Surf Blue paint.

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Jeep Rubicon 20th Anniversary Concept

Of the standard Wrangler you can go to a Jeep showroom and buy, it’s the Rubicon that’s the most extreme version – with a host of tweaks to make it even better off-road. And as it’s been 20 years since the original Wrangler Rubicon was launched, Jeep is celebrating with a new anniversary concept. Based on the ‘392’ version (which is not sold in the UK) it uses a huge 6.4 liter V8 engine and comes with a dual mode performance exhaust, bespoke half doors and matte gray vinyl upholstery contrasted with a gold tow hook and crest.

A lift kit is also installed to further increase the ride height, while a Warn winch and 37-inch all-terrain tire round out the changes.

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Jeep Concept ’41

Legacy is hugely important to Jeep, with its origins tracing back to the original Willys Jeep that aided in World War II efforts. The number ’41’ refers to the year the brand was founded, with this concept paying homage to the original with its matte green exterior finish, black powder coated steel bumpers and khaki soft top. Custom stencils, a retro gear shifter, canvas-wrapped seats and matte green wheels round out the changes, which Jeep says makes it “worthy of a five-star general.”

A modern twist on the ’41 concept, however, is the fact that it uses the new 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s already available on Wranglers in the US, offering 21 miles of electric driving.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV Concept

You’ll notice that the vast majority of these concepts focus on the Wrangler, which remains Jeep’s most iconic model and the one with particularly strong popularity. But Jeep is also showcasing its new Grand Cherokee 4xe, the brand’s new model. Plug-in hybrid SUV that acts as a flagship, with a new Trailhawk concept, which will probably inspire future production models.

Highlights include a class-exclusive stabilizer bar disconnect, which allows for better wheel articulation and better traction on rocks and rough terrain, while the custom 20-inch alloys are wrapped in mud tires of 33 inches, as well as widened wheel arches. This concept is also painted in a cool industrial blue, with matte decals and a custom roof rack. The top half of the car is also painted in a durable black finish, meaning you can load Christmas trees and kayaks, for example, onto the roof racks without risking paint damage.

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Concept Jeep Bob

Known simply as ‘Bob’, this concept is a mix of Jeep’s Wrangler and Gladiator pickups, its name referring to the ‘sway’ (or shortening) of the long rear overhang. -the pillars have been removed for “ultimate outdoor freedom”, while a custom hardtop has been perforated, with canvas applied over the top to provide shelter, while still allowing plenty of natural light.

The Bob also comes with a three-inch lift kit and industry-leading custom off-road suspension setup, with a contrasting gloss and matte paint scheme adding even more style to the concept.

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Jeep D-Coder concept by JPP

One of Jeep’s most interesting concepts in 2022 is the D-Coder concept, which was created by Mopar – the division that provides a range of aftermarket supplies to Jeep owners. Essentially all aspects of the D-Code that are painted red are extras that Mopar can provide Wrangler owners, with each part having a QR code that can be scanned, taking a customer straight to the page where they can learn more. or buy the accessory for itself.

Some of the few features Mopar can provide include bespoke Katzkin leather upholstery, a mesh sun visor hood and Gorilla Glass, which is three times stronger than the glass usually fitted.

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Jeep Birdcage Concept by JPP

The Birdcage is another model created by Mopar, and it also features a range of items from JPP – Jeep Performance Parts. Designed to be an “extreme open-air 4×4 machine”, this model is also based on the Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid 4xe. Jeep has worked to improve the standard car’s approach angle, with a custom slider plate, which protects the winch and is placed to allow for better rock-crawling performance. New wheel arch surrounds and wheel liners are also fitted, allowing for larger wheel and tire combinations.

The windscreen is also removed, while inside, the distinctive ‘Tobacco Leaf and Cocoa Brown’ leather seats are a unique touch, with the whole interior designed so that it can be washed when it gets hot. muddy.

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